Cashmere B&B wins top award
A Cashmere bed and breakfast has battled through the earthquakes to be named one of the top 10 places to stay in the South Pacific.
Travel website Trip Advisor have selected Pacific View Paradise, a luxury B&B near the top of the Cashmere Hills, as the winner for the 2012 Award for Excellence and the Travellers' Choice Award.
The annual awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers all over the world.
Linda Estall-Bone, who owns Pacific View Paradise, said the result was great news for Christchurch.
''It's just fantastic news for Canterbury and Christchurch that we have been recognised by the most important people of all - our guests - via Trip Advisor, the world's leading travel guide authority on where to stay."
Christchurch and Canterbury tourism took a battering after the September 2010 earthquake, she said, but the accolades from Trip Advisor were a huge boost to the quake-hit region.
''We expect a huge response from this award which will be great for tourism here. We just have a mark on a wall in a bedroom when a candle fell over in one of the quakes so we are very lucky we are on safe solid ground here."
Estall-Bone said she has always wanted to run her own luxury B&B and that dream came true in 2004 when she opened Pacific View Paradise.
''I've had to bring someone in to help me run the B&B. I'm just really lucky to have the most wonderful people come and stay here."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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